St Sunday Crag

St Sunday Crag

Eastern Lake District

Route: St Sunday Crag, Birks – and a paper bridge

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 14th May 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 9.9 miles

Weather: Mostly cloudy, some bright spells, strong wind on tops

The main objective of today’s walk was to visit ‘PaperBridge’ – a bright red footbridge made entirely out of paper and created by artist Steve Messam. It’s only temporary and is due to be dismantled in a few days time, with the paper being recycled. After that there will be no trace of it having been here

The bridge is sited over Grisedale Beck, in a remote location about 2 miles along Grisedale. This meant that a visit to St Sunday Crag could conveniently be incorporated into the walk

I set off from Patterdale early and after walking along the valley for a while the bridge came into view – it can hardly be missed. After admiring it from various angles and clambering to the top (thanks to the charming couple who took my photo there), I carried on up to Grisedale Tarn at the head of the valley

This marked the half way point of the walk, and from the tarn I traversed along the flanks of St Sunday Crag up to Deepdale Hause and from there to the summit

I descended along the north east ridge with tremendous views of Ullswater ahead of me as I did so, then over Birks and back down into Patterdale. It was a great walk, made extra special by the paper bridge

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